Rick Popely: Ask.Cars.com
3:50 PM PST, January 7, 2013
A truck rental company said that they would put a tow package on my Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. I'm just looking to haul around a small quad and a small, light trailer weighing no more than 1,000 pounds. Would I be OK doing this?
Mitsubishi recommends that you don't use the Outlander Sport for towing and does not list a trailer weight or offer optional towing equipment. This should be explained in your owner's manual. One possible reason is that it doesn't have a lot of muscle with just a 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Though 1,000 pounds may not sound like much, perhaps towing a trailer when four adults are inside the Outlander Sport is more than what the brakes or transmission can easily handle.
We are aware that trailer outfitters can install a hitch that fits your little SUV, and that some Outlander Sport owners claim they have towed small trailers without issues. However, if any mechanical problems were to develop from towing, then Mitsubishi's warranty would not cover repairs (and neither would the company that installed the hitch). When the manufacturer says "don't," you're better off following their rules instead of risking voiding your warranty.